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School of Public Policy and Leadership News

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community.

Current Public Policy and Leadership News

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Research | October 15, 2020

UNLV research team explores the population and politics of 13 swing states, pushing beyond the old blue state-red state model and painting a new picture where changing suburbs influence outcomes.

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Research | October 6, 2020

Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute student researchers embrace remote learning and engage in public policy research to benefit UNLV and the region.

Campus News | October 5, 2020

Office presents statistics and success stories during The State of Online Education webinar.

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

Educational series explores issues on race and seeks solutions for a more inclusive society.

People | July 23, 2020

This financial aid counselor is working on a master's degree in public administration to help further her UNLV career.

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Campus News | July 14, 2020

Urban Affairs’ Advising Center Crafts Remote Infrastructure in Response to Pandemic

Public Policy and Leadership In The News

USA Today
October 21, 2020

In 2016, nearly all major metropolitan areas voted for Hillary Clinton, including the counties that generate nearly two-thirds of the U.S. economy. In 2018, voters in the nation’s big blue metros returned Democrats to the majority in the House and drove the party’s senate pick-ups in Arizona and Nevada. They also secured gubernatorial victories in several other states. Suburbs in particular played an outsized role in the blue shift.

Brookings
October 7, 2020

For generations, redlining was used to designate neighborhoods—typically in urban areas with high concentrations of minority residents—as places banks should avoid offering home mortgages. The term originates from Federal Housing Administration maps developed in the 1930s where “red” labeled high-risk lending zones. To be “redlined” meant that households were structurally denied home loans and lost the opportunity to build wealth.

Las Vegas Sun
September 6, 2020

Redlining was a government-sanctioned discriminatory policy that designated most urban minority-majority neighborhoods as places banks should not offer home mortgages. The term originates in color maps developed in the late 1930s by Homer Hoyt, an economist with the Federal Housing Administration, to direct mortgage loans made by the Home Owner’s Loan Corp. Redlining refers to the map’s color-coded neighborhood types: red zones indicated high-risk investments; yellow zones medium risk; and green zones low risk.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 10, 2020

Terri Janison does not know whether her nonprofit can still hold its annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.

El Tiempo
June 10, 2020

Terri Janison does not know if her nonprofit organization will be able to continue hosting their annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 10, 2020

Terri Janison does not know whether her nonprofit can still hold its annual gala at the newly built Allegiant Stadium this fall.

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Recent Public Policy and Leadership Accomplishments

December 2, 2020
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Lawrence J. Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), along with Hilarie Cash and Cosette Rae of the reSTART Life program, recently published an article, "Internet Addiction, Identity Distress, and Depression among Male Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adults: A Qualitative Study," in Future Review: International Journal...
November 24, 2020
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership, Criminal Justice, Honors College, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) had her OpEd, "Handling of COVID-19 in Nevada Prisons and Jails ‘Grossly Inadequate’" published in the Las Vegas Sun. Her piece discusses the rise of coronavirus cases in Nevada's correctional facilities...
October 22, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) wrote an op-ed titled "Blue Payback? Major Metropolitan Areas in Red States Could Swing the Senate to Democrat" for USA Today. Based upon their recently published book, Blue Metros, Red States, the...
October 8, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) published Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural Divide in America's Swing States (Brookings Institution Press). The book, which includes contributions from William Brown (Brookings Mountain...
September 24, 2020
Sebastian Cardenas (Honors College) recently had his opinion piece, "Waking up in fear every day" published in The Nevada Independent. Cardenas advocates for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in his powerful piece which discusses his story of being a DACA recipient and the challenges he has overcome. Cardenas is an Honors College...
September 9, 2020
Robert Lang (The Lincy Institute and Brookings Mountain West), David Damore (Political Science), and Karen Danielsen (School of Public Policy and Leadership) recently had a guest column featured in the Las Vegas Sun. Their piece "Bluelining and its Consequences: Nevada Edition," discusses the demographic, economic, geographic, and political...